What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

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Every wall is a door.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.

– A.A. Milne

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

– Andre Gidé

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Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

– Rumi

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We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

– Carlos Castaneda

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When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

– The Buddha

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell

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Where life plants you, bloom with grace.

– French proverb

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

– Dr. Seuss

Time is a created thing

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’

– Lao Tzu

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

– John Wooden

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Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.

– Albert Einstein

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Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.

– John Lennon

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A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress extremely well.

– Unknown

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Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.

– Proverb

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

– Joseph Campbell

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Mighty rivers can easily be leaped at their source.

– Publilius Syrus

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He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

–  Thomas Carlyle

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We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

– C.G. Jung

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